NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – For months now, actors, sports stars, musicians and other celebrities have been using their platforms to demand justice from the police who shot Breonna Taylor’s death, including at Sunday’s Emmy Awards. Her photo was featured on the cover of O: The Oprah Magazine this year, and even Beyoncé sent a letter to the Kentucky Attorney General asking for justice.
After a grand jury charged one of the Kentucky police officers on Wednesday with criminal charges, but not for her death, many celebrities and sports stars lamented the decision.
Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, during his remarks, referred to the stars’ calls and their likely response, and urged people to keep the protests peaceful.
“There will be celebrities, influencers and activists who have never lived in Kentucky, will try to tell us how we should feel, suggesting that they understand the facts of this case, that they know our community and the Commonwealth better than we do. but they don’t, “said Cameron.” Let’s not give in to their attempts to influence our thinking or capture our emotions. “
Here’s how some stars and athletes responded to the decision.
‘It’s all numbing. On the one hand, it is like I KNOW that I am not crazy, there is a real problem in our country. On the other hand, I am sad that everyone doesn’t see it and some don’t want to. Of course I know that God is at work. It’s just hard to process everything. #BreonnaTaylor “- Lecrae, artist, via Twitter.
“I don’t have many words right now … but all I can say is that I’m praying for the city of Louisville now !!!” Donovan Mitchell, NBA player, former Louisville Cardinals player, via Twitter.
“‘To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively aware is almost always capable of being in anger.” James Baldwin. #BreonnaTaylor “- Artist and Actor Common, via Twitter.
Daniel Cameron has been shortlisted for Donald Trump to replace #RGB at the Supreme Court. The same man who decided not to charge the agents responsible for the #BreonnaTaylor murder. Vote. ”- Kerry Washington, actor, referring to Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, via Twitter.
“No. Officers. Charged. In. The. Kill. Van. #BreonnaTaylor. One. Was. Charged. For. Endanger. But. NOT. Kill. Her. Neighbors. #MakeMeWannaHollerAndThrowUpBothMyHands.” – actor Yvette Nicole Brown, actor.
‘I don’t have the words. #BreonnaTaylor and her family deserve justice. – actor and artist Mandy Moore, via Twitter.
Brett Hankison is being charged with shooting in the apartment NEXT to Breonna Taylor and not because he KILLED HER. He was fired for shooting BREONNA TAYLOR’s apartment and not for KILLING HER. This is systemic racism. Property is worth more than a black woman. – W. Kamau Bell, comedian, TV host, via Twitter.
“This is why the police must be disbanded and eventually abolished! We hope again and again for some justice, but why should we get that when the system is designed to protect the very people who murder and terrorize us. This isn’t a bad apple, it’s a rotten tree. – Layshia Clarendon, WNBA player for New York Liberty, via Twitter.
“Bulls — decision !!! BLACK LIFE IS IMPORTANT !!! Cannot be said often enough. – Viola Davis, actor, via Twitter.